Hebrews 12:11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
I was pretty young when I heard the word discipline for the first time. It was back in grade school when I did something wrong and was going to be “disciplined” when my father came home. Maybe you have had a similar experience. But I’ve learned throughout the years that discipline can also be a good word as Christians practice spiritual disciplines that help us mature in our walk with Jesus.
Spiritual disciplines can include but are not limited to scripture meditation, singing songs or hymns to the glory of God, fasting, having a faithful, consistent prayer life and attending worship. According to recent statistics, a great majority of Christians are not practicing these methods (for all the Methodists out there!) that lead to spiritual growth.
Christians that attend church are only attending 1.25 times a month even though God set aside the Sabbath day for a holy purpose. Exodus 20:8 Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. Friends: we can do better in pursuing our growth in Christ.
Let me leave you with this scripture; Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
God bless you and keep you,